Silicon Valley Ranks Highest in ‘H-1B Intensity’ for Foreign Worker Visas

Silicon Valley Mercury News
July 18, 2012

The Bay Area ranks behind only metropolitan New York in recruiting high-skilled workers from abroad, but it’s not just Silicon Valley tech giants on the hunt for foreign labor, according to a new report.

Sure, a batch of familiar names — Google, Apple, Yahoo, Oracle, eBay, Intel — leads the pack of companies seeking to bring foreign tech workers to the Bay Area on temporary H-1B visas, but thousands of other local employers, big and small, are in the temporary foreign worker game.

“It’s not just about the Bay Area, New York, Boston and Seattle. It’s also not just about great-big companies,” said Sean Randolph, president of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, a business advocate. “These (visas) are being used by a lot of startups.”

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